A one car accident late Friday night proved fatal for one Heartland man. Authorities say speed was the factor in 24-year-old David James' death.
A woman close to James wants others to learn from what she says was a simple mistake that cost James his life.
To Tess Bascom-Nielsen David James was better known as Cody, the guy who was dating her daughter.
Last night's single car accident that claimed his life and changed so many other lives could have been avoided. Tonight Tess is trying to spread the word about safe driving and the tragic consequences if young people don't slow down and start to drive safely.
One look and you know that this accident is a bad one. The twisted metal, the car nearly split in two.
The driver, James, was killed. His girlfriend witnessed the crash and her mother wants something good to come from the tragedy.
Tess Bascom-Nielsen says, "She is doing okay as much as can be expected. She has a lot of stages to go through and a lot of reality to sink in because this is as real as it gets."
The crash knocked out power to the area and crews were called in to repair the downed lines.
Police say James lost control of his car and it slid up here taking out a power pole. His passenger 18-year-old Justin Weirich was thrown from the car he has a few scrapes and bruises but is expected to be alright but Tess says there is a lesson in this for all of us and parents have to talk to their children about safe driving.
Tess says Cody was a good kid with a kind heart and that it is sad that a momentary lapse in judgment or concentration can have such tragic consequences but it is a reality of life.
Tess Bascom - Nielsen says, "All these teenagers and young adults, even older people need to understand that it only takes a second for you to do something and act out and it is over."
Tess says it is a message that parents should constantly bring up to their teenage children; that even a small mistake while driving can have some serious consequences that will impact everyone around you.